The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1865

"PHILADELPHIA, April 27, 1775. Extracts of Letters from BOSTON, per post."

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Description

This May 6, 1775, issue of John Dixon (d. 1791) and William Hunter’s Virginia Gazette illustrates how news of Lexington and Concord spread throughout the colonies. On the first page in the middle column are extracts of letters from Boston about the battles. As was common practice, the extracts had been lifted directly from another newspaper, in this case Story & Humphreys’s Pennsylvania Mercury, and Universal Advertiser. Story & Humphreys’s had published them in its issue of April 28, 1775, among other letters about Lexington and Concord gathered from several express riders from various locations. 

Title

"PHILADELPHIA, April 27, 1775. Extracts of Letters from BOSTON, per post."

Alternative Title

The Virginia Gazette

Type

Newspaper

Date

May 6, 1775

Publisher

John Dixon and William Hunter

Coverage

Williamsburg, Va.

Format

25-42 cm.

Citation

“"PHILADELPHIA, April 27, 1775. Extracts of Letters from BOSTON, per post.",” The News Media and the Making of America, 1730-1865, accessed May 26, 2020, https://americanantiquarian.org/earlyamericannewsmedia/items/show/76.